Expert Group on Health Resources must address two-tier system – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the establishment by Health Minister Mary Harney of the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing the Health Sector, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that its terms of reference are too narrow and that it should examine the two-tier nature of the health system. He said:
"This Expert Group is being set up by the Minister at a time of major health cutbacks. The question must be asked if it is being set up merely to act as another buffer between the Minister and her public accountability for the allocation of resources for the delivery of health services. We may very well find that objections to the fundamentally flawed health policy of this Government will be responded to with the reply that the 'Expert Group is looking at it'. Meanwhile cuts will devastate our public health services and put at risk, or worse, our citizens who depend on them.
"Any examination of the allocation of resources must look at the unjust two-tier public-private structure of our health services . This should be included in the Terms of Reference of the new and ‘Expert Group’ and should come before the Oireachtas for approval." ENDS